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Mold, bacteria found in pharmacy linked to meningitis outbreak

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The Massachusetts pharmacy at the heart of a probe into a deadly meningitis outbreak may have violated federal health laws, U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigators said Friday, saying mold and bacteria were found in areas where drugs were mixed.

Cases of fungal meningitis have reached 28 states, including Maryland, where 19 people have been sickened and one has died. The report came as Maryland health officials criticized the oversight of "compounding" facilities like the one in Massachusetts, which make specialized drugs.

"We don't want this to be another chapter in a book on compounding problems," said Maryland Health Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein, who co-wrote an online article Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "We want this to be the last chapter because it leads to a solution."
 
 

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